Supreme Court Grants Financial Autonomy to Local Governments

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Supreme Court Grants Financial Autonomy to Local Governments

In a landmark decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state governors to withhold funds allocated to local government administrations. The judgment, delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, emphasizes that the 774 local government councils across Nigeria have the right to manage their funds independently.

The Supreme Court’s decision aims to reinforce the financial autonomy of local government councils, ensuring they can operate without undue interference from state governments. Justice Agim, in the lead judgment, declared that any practice of state governors holding back funds meant for local governments is a violation of the Constitution.

This ruling is expected to have significant implications for the administration and development of local government areas, enabling them to directly access and utilize their financial resources for the benefit of their communities. The decision underscores the importance of decentralizing financial control to enhance the efficiency and responsiveness of local governance.

By granting financial autonomy to local government councils, the Supreme Court has taken a crucial step towards strengthening grassroots democracy and promoting sustainable development across Nigeria. This ruling is anticipated to empower local governments to better address the needs and aspirations of their constituents.


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